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Distro Testing Update and my beef with Windows 7RC and so-called improvements

Posted 05-19-2009 at 08:10 PM by pereznet

I have been testing various distros...
not just slacking off

Slackware, Debian, BSD, Unbuntu and variations of
currently I am using Unbuntu 9.04

I installed it- ran almost by itself, about 15 minutes

rebooted logged in clicked on the Wifi signal icon, logged into my Wifi network, ran the Update Manager
setup my display for 1024x768 and enabled the visual effects...that all took about 15 minutes
( I have 15 monitor and default is 800x600)

then I ran FireFox, OpenOffice, some games and as many other graphics apps as I could find

I am really impressed by how much more responsive and seamless applications work on my system under Unbuntu

I have a P4, 1 GB DDR1, 80 GB HD
(yes, it is several generations out-of-date)

I have a confession,
I did download and install the Win7 RC
mainly because it was free
the RC is the Ultimate ed - $399

After using it and Unbuntu as well as PCLinux, and many other distros.. Win7 is actually not bad, but it simply not good enough to justify the expense

Besides much of Windows7's "new and improved" stuff is
actually stuff we in the Linux world now take for granted

In addition, I have several technical issues that have do with networking, and communication- I have many but I will just highlight one

Win7 RC introduces an authentication procedure and
data encryption for "Home Workgroup" (pier to pier) file sharing

the auth step involves writing down or printing
a generated alpha-numeric randomized password
then snicker-netting it over to the your pier's pc
and typing that in

I cannot begin to describe how laughable this is
as well as the various ways that could have been taken
to bring MSFT Windows File Sharing into the modern age

under most Linux distros, support for modern, standard
protocols and applications exist
( wont get into naming them all here)

Why is MSFT bent on creating there own?
Ok, they can if they want- there are MSFT after all

but can we at least expect them to come up with stuff that
rivals the Standard Modern protocols and applications
for networking and communications?

no re-inventing of the wheel is needed
but if you are - it should be an actual improvement
not a step backward

OK, Apple does it too...but they are good it at!

this makes - interoperability even harder as Windows7
moves toward adoption by business and industry- or rather they are forced to adopt out of fear of non-support and other issues

My hope and somehow I feel futile dream is that
MSFT decides or be forced to acknowledge the Standards
for Protocols, Security, Communication and Networking that everyone else works on

Keeping you posted
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